We will be closed on Monday, May 31, in observance of Memorial Day.

Mashpee Senior Center: We Are Here For You!

The doors may be closed for the public at the moment, but the Mashpee Council on Aging staff is working Monday through Friday, from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. If you need help with finding services, solving a problem, or need an answer to a question, we encourage you to call us at 508-539-1440 or e-mail us at coa@mashpeema.gov.

Have you signed up for our e-mails but are not getting them? Be sure to check your junk e-mail folder. Our e-mails communicate up-to-date news you can use, activity information, volunteer communication, reminders, and more. If you use e-mail and want to be included on our e-mail list, contact us at coaofficeassistant@mashpeema.gov or call Mashpee Senior Center at 508-539-1440.

Mashpee COA Virtual, Drive-By Programs

Yappy Hour (and some meows)!, Wednesday, June 2, from 2 to 3 PM (via Zoom)—We have seen them in your cars during our drive-by events. We have seen them walk across your keyboard during Zoom events and we have heard them in the background. As we stayed at home and reduced contact with others, many of us found comfort and companionship through our pets. Oh, how we love our pets and how we love to talk and reminisce about them. Join us on June 2, via Zoom, for our very first Yappy Hour! This is such a great way to include our pets and hear their stories as we have fun socializing. Say hello to a very spoiled Bailey and Stella!

Ice Cream “to go’” Welcome Summer Party!, Wednesday, June 9, from 1:30 to 3 PM—I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! The official start of summer is right around the corner and nothing screams summer like ice cream! Join us outside Mashpee Senior Center as we serve up some fun. Enjoy some of your favorite ice cream and toppings “to go.” Preregistration is required by June 7. Mashpee seniors only.

Mashpee Middle-High School Meal Kit & Virtual Cooking Class, Thursday, June 10, at 10 AM (via Zoom)—It is always so fun to watch a cooking show but how great would it be to follow along with your own ingredients, especially when the cooks are Mashpee’s future celebrity chefs, the Mashpee Middle-High School Hospitality Pathway program? We are going to surprise you with a meal that is not only delicious but high in protein and fiber. So try something new and join us for a fun, delicious time. Participants will pick up their meal kit at Mashpee Senior Center on Wednesday, June 9; on June 10 at 10 AM, you will log on to the virtual cooking class. Registration is required. Mashpee seniors only.

Mashpee National Wildlife Refuge: A Hidden Treasure In Your Back Yard!, Monday, June 14, from 2 to 3 PM (via Zoom)—The Mashpee National Wildlife Refuge is the second-largest accessible open space on Cape Cod. It encompasses two watersheds and contains unique and rare habitats and associated wildlife: pine barrens and Atlantic white cedar swamps. The refuge is unique within the National Wildlife Refuge system and provides the model for how future national wildlife refuges will be created and managed. Katelyn Cadoret, treasurer for the Friends of Mashpee National Wildlife Refuge organization and assistant conservation agent for the town, will share her knowledge on this little-known resource here on the Upper Cape.

Drive-By Farmers Market Celebrating National Fresh Veggies Day!, Wednesday, June 16, from 9:30 to 11:30 AM—We all know the importance of a healthy diet. A healthy diet may help to prevent certain chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Healthy eating doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive, especially if you score great deals on fruits and vegetables when they are in season—or come to our Drive-By Farmers Market. Participants will receive a fresh salad and a bag full of fresh vegetables. Mashpee seniors only.

The Boch Center Wang Theatre Virtual Tour, Wednesday, June 16, from 1 to 2 PM (via Zoom)—Go behind the scenes of one of Boston’s most prominent landmarks: the historic Wang Center. Enjoy its beauty and wonder live to your home. The Boch Center Wang has been one of the premier theatrical destinations in Boston since opening in 1925. Enjoy a live walk-through of the theater as well as historic images.

To participate in any of these activities, register by calling Julie Silvia at Mashpee Council on Aging at 508-539-1440 or by sending an e-mail to coaactivitycoordinator@mashpeema.gov.

Getting Ready For Hurricane Season

Emergency Preparedness Program/Hurricane Season Drive-by Event, Tuesday, June 8, from 11 AM to 1 PM—Are you prepared for an emergency? Do you have an emergency bag? Join Lori Nelson, Mashpee COA outreach coordinator, and Lieutenant Mike Evaul, Mashpee EMS officer, as they discuss how to be prepared for all emergencies this coming hurricane season. Some materials to start your own emergency preparedness bag will be handed out as you drive through.

Registration is required; to do so, contact Lori Nelson at the Mashpee Senior Center at 508-539-1440 or LNelson@mashpeema.gov.

Other Virtual Activities & Information

Cape COAST (Councils on Aging Serving Together) Connections has been collaborating to strengthen our partnerships and leverage our collective resources to offer older adults on Cape Cod enhanced options for virtual programming. Join us as we connect visually through Zoom, widen our circles and take advantage of greater opportunities for engagement, enrichment and education. Below are virtual programs open to you.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Virtual Tour, Thursday, June 3, at 9:30 AM (via Zoom)—Expert presenter Paul Daigle will take his audience on a virtual tour of one of Cape Cod’s most renowned organizations, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. The scientists at WHOI are committed to understanding all facets of the ocean as well as its complex connections with Earth—including humanity. To register, call the Chatham Council on Aging at 508-945-5190.

Cooking With Ally, Tuesday, June 8, at 11 AM (via Zoom)—Learn how to make an American Flag Cake! Ingredients: 6 1⁄4 sticks unsalted softened butter, 3 cups sugar, 6 extra-large eggs, 1 cup sour cream, 3 teaspoons pure vanilla extract, 3 cups flour, 1⁄3 cup cornstarch, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 1⁄2 pounds softened cream cheese, 1 pound sifted confectioners’ sugar, 2 half-pints blueberries, and 3 half-pints raspberries. To register, call the Dennis Senior Center at 508-385-5067.

Joint Replacement Health Talk, Wednesday, June 9, at 10 AM (via Zoom)—Joanne Burbank, a registered nurse from Kindred Healthcare, will present valuable information regarding joint replacement including surgical preparation, rehabilitation and up-to-date care information on physical therapy. To register, call the Barnstable Council on Aging at 508-862-4761 or send an e-mail to susan.griffin@town.barnstable.ma.us.

Discounts On Internet Services And Devices

In May, the FCC kicked off the Emergency Broadband Benefit. The benefit provides eligible consumers discounts on broadband service and devices. The benefit will continue until there is no longer funding or six months after the federal government declares an end to the pandemic.

Eligible households will be able to receive discounts on high-speed Internet services and a one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer or tablet purchased through a participating provider. In Massachusetts, 26 broadband providers are offering the benefit available to eligible new, prior, and existing customers of participating providers.

Customers can find out if they are eligible and sign up by contacting their provider, enrolling online at https://getemergencybroadband.org, or sending forms via mail. More information about the application process is available by calling 833-511-0311 or visit the Emergency Broadband Benefit at https://getemergencybroadband.org.

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